Arts & Humanities

FAQ

  • How many Fellowships will be awarded in 2017?

    No fewer than ten Creative Fellowships will be awarded in 2017.

  • When will the Fellowships be announced?

    2017 Recipients will be announced in September. A media release will be distributed and posted on the program website. Nominators will be contacted as soon as possible after this time. No correspondence with nominees will be entered in to.

  • If I am successful can I interrupt my Fellowship?

    The Fellowship period is for the following two continuous calendar years and cannot be interrupted.

  • Are Creative Fellows required to be Australian Citizens?

    Fellows must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia.

  • Are Creative Fellows allowed to travel overseas during their Fellowship?

    Fellows are free to travel overseas provided they spend the majority of their Fellowship period in Australia. Creative Fellows will be asked to sign an agreement acknowledging this at the commencement of their Fellowship.

  • What if the nominee is employed by a company at the time of receiving the Fellowship?

    Employment or otherwise will not be considered in the selection process. The Fellowship is not means tested, that is, a nominee’s financial status (or employment) will not be considered when awarding the grants. A Fellow is free to earn other income during the Fellowship.

  • Does the nominee have to produce an art work at the end of the Fellowship?

    The Fellowship grant is untied. Fellows can spend their grants as they see fit.

  • Is a report or acquittal required at the end of the Fellowship?

    We ask our Fellows to provide a brief written report at the end of year one and year two of the Fellowship.

  • Who can apply for a Fellowship?

    Individuals must be nominated by a third party for a Fellowship.

  • Who should be the nominator?

    Preferably, the nominator will be the person who can best speak to the nominee’s artistic or cultural practice in the arts and/or humanities. A nominee cannot self-nominate and cannot be nominated by a member of their family.

  • What is meant by 'art form'?

    The question about art form relates to the art form in which the individual is nominated. These artforms include visual, performing and literary arts, digital and interdisciplinary arts, arts management and thought leadership. Nominees might be painters, sculptors, curators, dancers, choreographers, playwrights, actors, circus and physical theatre performers, comedy artists, dramaturges, producers, directors, musicians, composers, conductors, multi art form practitioners, digital artists, designers, animators, editors, curators, publishers and leading voices in the humanities. If you are nominating an individual whose practice is in the humanities, please answer the question most closely relating to their humanities practice (for example, ‘writer’). Profiles of current and past Fellows can be found on this website.

  • How does one determine the nominee's years of practice?

    ‘Years of practice’ relates to the work of an artist, arts manager or thought leader in their nominated form outside the context of tertiary training – this can be in a paid or unpaid capacity. Generally speaking, and for the purposes of this program, artistic or creative practice follows formal training. Where a nominee does not have formal training, the beginning of their practice is commonly marked by a significant recognition of the artist’s work and the artist’s vocational commitment to ongoing practice.

    The Fellowships are intended to support the careers of originating artists and cultural leaders. Arts and cultural workers whose practice is primarily in education or therapy (for example, music therapy) are not deemed eligible for this program.

    An artist who has exercised a number of roles within an art form is deemed to have a continuous practice within that art form. That is, a nominee whose art form is the visual arts, and whose post-tertiary career began in art making and subsequently shifted to art curation will be regarded as having a continuous practice in the visual arts. In calculating their years of practice, the nominee should combine these two periods.

    An artist whose career commenced as an actor and who subsequently shifted their focus exclusively to stage direction would be regarded as having a continuous theatre practice. A dancer who has moved into choreography will be regarded as having a continuous dance practice.

    The Sidney Myer Fund recognises that many artists (with or without training in traditionally recognised art forms) are working in borderlands and new territories less clearly defined as a single arts practice. The Fund welcomes nominations for these artists provided they include a detailed biographic narrative clearly delineating the nature and duration of the practice which they are being nominated for.

  • What if there has been a break in the nominee’s artistic or cultural practice?

    Artists’ careers are not always linear and the Fund recognises that there may be periods of time when the nominee has withdrawn from artistic practice. For instance, an individual may have practiced as a fine arts painter for three years, then worked as a production designer or props maker for ten years, then returned to their visual arts practice as a curator for the following six years. The period of continuous practice in the art form for which the nominee is being nominated (the visual arts) is the cumulative total of nine years, being three (painting) plus six (curation) over a nineteen year period.

  • How is this established in the application?

    The nominee will provide the nominator with a comprehensive CV to accompany the 500 word biographic narrative required by the nomination form. It is important that the information contained in the biographic narrative is clearly corroborated by the information supplied in the CV.

  • What do you mean by ‘talent’ and ‘courage’?

    The words ‘talent’ and ‘courage’ will mean different things to nominators in relation to their nominees depending on the nature of their practice and the context for this work. The nominator will need to identify what it is in relation to the nominee’s creative practice that most strongly distinguishes their outstanding talent and exceptional courage.

    Please note: In the context of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, courage relates to the nominee’s arts practice (commonly illustrated through artistic challenges, daring innovation, breaking new ground and redefining the possible) and not to surmounting personal hardships. Personal sacrifice may indeed be formative but it does not, for the purposes of the selection process, equate to creative courage.

  • What support materials should be provided?

    No more than five items can be submitted, including audio and visual files, support letters, and an artist CV of no more than two pages. Please note, as above, the CV should clearly corroborate the nominee’s biographic narrative in determining their years of practise. One support letter counts as one item of support material. One file type (for example, images or video or music files) counts as one item of support material. One page of testimonials or extracts from peer review counts as one item of support material. Support material should be carefully chosen and, where possible, should illustrate the nominator’s case for the artist’s talent and courage. Please ensure that all support material is clearly labelled with the nominee’s name.

    IMPORTANT: Hyperlinks to sites such as Vimeo or other password protected sites should where possible use the standardised password: Fellowship17

  • Who should be asked to referee?

    Referees should be well regarded individuals who can best speak to the nominee’s achievements and potential. Referees cannot also be nominators for the same nominee.

  • Who will be on the Judging Panel?

    The final decision about who receives the Fellowships is made by the Sidney Myer Fund Trustees on the recommendation of a national Peer Review Panel. Respected arts and cultural leaders from around the country are invited to join the Panel each year – the Panel’s membership is continually evolving. The Panel is only made public at the conclusion of each year’s judging. Previous years’ Panels are listed beneath the Fellows on the web page.

  • How will I know if my nominee has been granted a Fellowship?

    On submitting the form, the nominator will receive a confirmation notice that it has been received. After the conclusion of the selection process nominators will receive a letter from the Fund advising them of the outcome.

  • How is the Fellowship paid and do Fellows have to pay tax on their grant?

    Fellows will receive their grants in tax-free yearly installments of $80,000. The Australian Taxation Office’s Class Ruling declaring the Fellowships tax free can be found here.

  • What are the dates to remember?

    Nominations open on 26 April 2017 and close at midnight  AEST 18 June 2017.

    2017 Fellowships will be announced in September.

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